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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:18 am
by joelpagett
Morning all,

Was at Alton Towers yesterday and its the first time I have seen The Smiler up close, it is HUGE! Cannot wait for this to be opened! Here are some pictures from yesterday.

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Whilst eating lunch in Fried Chicken Company (which we also won for free due to the red button challange!) we saw Barney from Blue Peter who was on site!

The rest of the photos are on my Facebook [url=http://www.facebook.com/themeparkmedia]here

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:35 am
by jbuckton18
joelpagett wrote:
Morning all,

Was at Alton Towers yesterday and its the first time I have seen The Smiler up close, it is HUGE! Cannot wait for this to be opened! Here are some pictures from yesterday.

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Whilst eating lunch in Fried Chicken Company (which we also won for free due to the red button challange!) we saw Barney from Blue Peter who was on site!

The rest of the photos are on my Facebook [url=http://www.facebook.com/themeparkmedia]here


Great pics !! Cant help but notice that the vertical lift looks strange ? The shape or design just look strange compared to most coasters with a v lift ! It's probably just me or it's probably nothing out of the ordinary for gersh coasters but i dunno .. to me it looks strange ? Any one else think this ? or do i need to make a trip to specsavers today?? :/

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:54 am
by joelpagett
Great pics !! Cant help but notice that the vertical lift looks strange ? The shape or design just look strange compared to most coasters with a v lift ! It's probably just me or it's probably nothing out of the ordinary for gersh coasters but i dunno .. to me it looks strange ? Any one else think this ? or do i need to make a trip to specsavers today?? :/


I know what you mean! The lift hill does not look like a normal lift hill, most coasters of the same calibre don't have metal fins all up the lift hill?!

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:59 am
by jbuckton18
joelpagett wrote:
Great pics !! Cant help but notice that the vertical lift looks strange ? The shape or design just look strange compared to most coasters with a v lift ! It's probably just me or it's probably nothing out of the ordinary for gersh coasters but i dunno .. to me it looks strange ? Any one else think this ? or do i need to make a trip to specsavers today?? :/


I know what you mean! The lift hill does not look like a normal lift hill, most coasters of the same calibre don't have metal fins all up the lift hill?!


Strange ! Unless something does go on during the Vertical lift hill during the ride ! Only time will tell but it doesn't look like your average v lift !

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:06 am
by Evostance
Guys,  go back for several pages.  The lift hill and fins has been discussed at great length.  Let's not get into that again

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:13 am
by jbuckton18
Evostance wrote:
Guys,  go back for several pages.  The lift hill and fins has been discussed at great length.  Let's not get into that again


I wasnt 'getting back into it' i know we discussed it several pages back BUT i just stated that the v lift had a strange look to the design/shape .. that's all !

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:15 am
by Forza_Dan24
jbuckton18 wrote:
Evostance wrote:
Guys,  go back for several pages.  The lift hill and fins has been discussed at great length.  Let's not get into that again


I wasnt 'getting back into it' i know we discussed it several pages back BUT i just stated that the v lift had a strange look to the design/shape .. that's all !


Maybe it's just because we're used to seeing a gerst v lift mounted to a box-like framework instead of normal supports? I dunno. Anyway looking forward to any reports of construction progress today :)

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:29 am
by aircanman
Also, as this is in the construction phase, the fins are out like that so they can be fitted. When they press the big on button, one of the first things that will happen is they will go in.

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:53 pm
by owenjohn
aircanman wrote:
Also, as this is in the construction phase, the fins are out like that so they can be fitted. When they press the big on button, one of the first things that will happen is they will go in.



Not convinced at that statement!, have a look at this link

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There are 2 lots of fins permenantly up, and retractable. The section of track is from Speed at oakwood, notice how the actuators to control the movement of the retractable fins are mounted differently to the ones on the lift hill on the Smiler. I don't think the fins will retract as they appear to be the permenantly placed ones.

I don't think  the train will drop backwards on the lift, I believe the fins exist purley as a safety feature!

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:57 pm
by SonicChips
I'm not entirely sure this is te correct thread for this, so if I have posted erroneously I apologise - this could lead to premature correctionalisation!

Anyway, this jigger about the duelling aspect of the ride.......... Is it confirmed or just a commonly used idea and accepted aspect the ride? Looking at it, I support the notion; always assuming that there's approprite timing of two trains getting to the top of each lift hill at the same time. There has been much talk of fins on Vertical Bob - could these be to assist such timings...?

If you feel compelled to reply to this, please (I beg of ya) try to keep talk of fins to a minimum. Yes, I have mentioned them, but only in support of my main point or question. I've read too much about fins the last 48 hours, so I'm off to buy a new fish then give a lecture to some delegates about fins - so thanks! (Please read the word "thanks" with as much sarcasm and facetiousness as you can muster.)

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:08 pm
by Luce
I'll certainly keep talk of fins to a minimum even though it is a curious subject in regard to The Smiler.  Anyway, from the looks of all the pictures, construction appears to be moving at a quick pace and it would be nice if the whole track layout was completed in the next few days.

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:28 pm
by JayJay90
Canvas' have gone down :D certainly shows us what this is going to be like when its finished! all open and fantastic :D Im on the park tomorrow so Im desperately hoping these are going to stay down :D

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Credit to Alton owners guide facebook

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:38 pm
by aircanman
JayJay90 wrote:
Canvas' have gone down :D certainly shows us what this is going to be like when its finished! all open and fantastic :D Im on the park tomorrow so Im desperately hoping these are going to stay down :D

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Gonna pop in today and have a look, they were up yesterday.

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:37 pm
by Andzdrew
I can see the safety bulletin from gerstlauer now... "we've had lots of reports of whiplash caused by the trains accidentally falling back down our vertical lifts... From now on it's highly recommended we install magnetic brakes to slow the trains nicely when this happens" Alton towers response: sounds like great fun, can you make the train drop every time?  :roll:

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:43 pm
by Morgano
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You can see the construction workers in the background either taking it down or putting it back up. I'm guessing they are putting it back up?

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:50 pm
by coastercrazy18
seeing as they are recently doing work on the station I wonder what type of sound effects will be in the station when the carriage leaves and go's into the inside drop area?

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:17 pm
by snakey904
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I am in this picture why didn't you say hello jayjay

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:37 pm
by Owen
snakey904 wrote:
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I am in this picture why didn't you say hello jayjay

Are you the ne with the smiler hoodie on?

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:41 pm
by snakey904
yes I am thrillmad I was bored so that's why I came home early

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:42 pm
by Owen
snakey904 wrote:
yes I am thrillmad I was bored so that's why I came home early

Aww bored how!? Haha